Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Stars: 4 / 5
The Case of the One-Eyed Witness is the 36th installment of the Perry Mason series by Erle Stanley Gardner published in 1950.
The case opens with a phone call that Perry mason receives at the restaurant he and Della were having dinner from a woman who urges him to go meet a certain Medford D. Carlin with a message to find a new partner and that a package with money and details were going to be delivered to him. While they were pondering on it, a cigarette girl at the restaurant drops by their table and inadvertently talks about her Japanese heritage and that a person posing as the father of her baby had released the baby in for adoption some four years ago. A few hours after Perry Mason and Della deliver the message to Medford D. Carlin, Carlin's house gets burned down and a dead body is found in the house - who looks very much like Carlin. Firemen rule it out as a homicide and Lieutenant Tragg is assigned to the case. Why was Carlin killed? Detective Paul Drake's men had reported that they had seen a woman enter the house a little before the bomb went off. Who was that woman? Did she plant the bomb? Who was the woman in the first place who had called Perry Mason at Golden Goose restaurant? Are both these woman the same?
Baffled at how the events of the night were turning, Mason along with Paul and Della trudge forward in unraveling this very weird case, with Lieutenant Tragg hot on their trail - for whichever lead they turn up, that lead ends up getting killed. How will they unravel it? What will they find? Will they know who their client is eventually? Will she be the one to kill all those people?
The weird case of cat and mouse chase but in this case Mason chasing two mice - one his client and one the murderer - continues the rest of the plot. It is very interesting to see how Mason unravels all this although there are a few scenes that are very elaborate and could have been shortened. Other than that another successful Perry Mason mystery that thoroughly keeps you gripped.
1) The book being written in 1950, 9 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, it was surprising to see still that the Japanese weren't treated well. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised at all.